Frankfort48 Film Contest
June 21-23, 2018
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest.
Aspiring filmmakers are invited to create a 3-to-5 minute film celebrating the beauty of northern Michigan.
Participants have 48 hours to conceive their ideas, scout locations, film, edit, and present their masterpiece.
All films will be presented and judged during a public screening at The Garden Theater on Saturday, June 23.
Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three Frankfort48 filmmakers:
- First place receives $500 and two VIP passes to the 2018 Frankfort Film Festival.
- Second place receives $250.
- Third place receives $100.
All filmmakers receive six complimentary VIP Badges to the screening night Pre Show Party and Film Screenings.
Traverse Traveler Choice Award
One of this year's films will be named The Traverse Traveler Choice Award winning film and will be featured in a promotional ad for next year's Frankfort48 Film Contest. The ad will air on the Traverse Traveler Visitors Channel, playing in over 3,000 hotel rooms in the greater Traverse City area. The winner will also receive a prize package along with the opportunity to take part in the ad creation.
Filmmakers competing in the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest can use the form below to secure their entry and provide contact information.
Filmmakers should also download the Frankfort48 Entry Packet and must attend the Frankfort48 Kickoff Meeting at The Garden Theater on Thursday, June 21 at 9am.
Frankfort48 film screenings
The public is invited to attend a screening of the films and awards ceremony, happening Saturday, June 23 at 7:30pm. Tickets to attend are $10 each and can be purchased at the Garden Theater's box office on the evening of the event. Tickets to the Pre-Screening Party at 6:30pm will also be available for purchase on June 23.
Inaugural Frankfort48 Winners
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the inaugural Frankfort48 Film Contest. For those who couldn't join us for the public screening on June 24, 2017, here are the top three films picked by our judges.
first place: When it rains
second place: my first time
third place: The Light Keeper's dream
Frankfort48 Film Judges
A panel of celebrity judges will take part in the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest.
Michael Bofshever is an accomplished actor, director, teacher, author and moderator in the entertainment field for over forty years. Amongst his many film credits: A Dog's Purpose, United 93, Housebroken, Dirty Deeds, Crime of the Century, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. A veteran of episodic television, Mr. Bofshever was a series regular on the hit Disney Channel show The Jersey, in addition to recurring roles on Breaking Bad, True Blood, and The Shield. He also works as moderator for film and television discussion for the SAG Conversation Series. Mr. Bofshever is the author of Your Face Looks Familiar…How To Get Ahead as a Working Actor, (Heineman Drama Press) which is the basis of his seminar, "The Journey of the Working Actor." A highly regarded acting teacher and coach, Michael is recognized as “one of the finest acting teachers in Los Angeles,” (Smith & Krauss). In 2017 Michael made his cinematic directorial debut with the short film Echo Park Blues, which screened in film festivals nationwide.
Jamie Donnelly is most popularly known as “Pink Lady” Jan in the film Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton- John, a role she played on Broadway, seven years before the film version. Jamie made her Broadway Debut at age seventeen as Lulu in Kander and Ebb’s first show, Flora the Red Menace. Jamie also originated the role of Ethel Levy Cohan in George M! Her television credits go as far back as Six Million Dollar Man, up to her reoccurring role in the second season of Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber and currently appears in the web series, All Down Hill From Here. She is utterly delighted to be performing again with her all time favorite, Tim Curry, with whom she first appeared as Magenta/Trixie in the original American production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Stephen H. Foreman earned his BA in English with minors in philosophy and German from Morgan State, and an MFA in playwriting and dramatic literature from the Yale School of Drama. Stephen has had diverse and illustrious careers as a social worker, a professional stage manager, a teacher at various colleges, universities and writers conferences, a screenwriter, director and is currently developing his career as a novelist. His film and television credits include The Resolution of Mossie Wax, The Jazz Singer, The Unknown American, and Cougar. Forman has authored two novels, Toehold and Watching Gideon, and is currently working on his third project, The Education Of A White Boy, a memoir of his years at Morgan State. He now lives and writes in the Catskill Mountains.
Frankfort48 Sponsorship Opportunities
Consider becoming a sponsor of the Frankfort48 Film Contest. Levels of sponsorship benefits are outlined below.
Marquee Level Sponsorship
Cost: $500 - Only four available.
Marquee Sponsor Benefits:
- Six VIP Badges to Pre Show Party and Screening
- VIP seating in theater during event
- Company Logo or Name prominently displayed on event poster
- Company Logo or Name on pre-show big screen presentation
- Company Logo or Name prominently placed in thank you advertisement in Record Patriot
- Six Garden Theater Gift Certificates good for future movie admission and popcorn
Purchase Marquee Sponsorship:
Producer Level Sponsorship
Producer Sponsor Benefits:
- Four VIP Badges to Pre Show Party and Screening
- VIP seating in theater during event
- Company Logo or Name on event poster
- Company Logo or Name placed in thank you advertisement in Record Patriot
- Four Garden Theater Gift Certificates good for future movie admission and popcorn
Purchase Producer Sponsorship:
Director Level Sponsorship
Director Sponsor Benefits:
- Two VIP Badges to Pre Show Party and Screening
- Name on event poster
- Name placed in thank you advertisement in Record Patriot
- Two Garden Theater Gift Certificates good for future movie admission and popcorn
Purchase Director Sponsorship:
Make a Donation
Can’t make it to the inaugural Frankfort 48 but want to support the event?
Click below to make a donation of any amount.